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6:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Interstellar to be Christopher Nolan's longest film yet

I don't really like saying Interstellar is Nolan's "longest film yet," because it might be a trap for his future films to come. What if he just gradually makes his films longer and longer with each entry? Will each film be hi...

Nick Valdez

5:07 PM on 09.25.2014

Listen to the entire Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Gone Girl score

OK, we're all excited for Gone Girl, but how do we hold ourselves over for the next week before it comes out? The score. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross teamed back up with director David Fincher (they previous did The Social N...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Newest trailer for Big Hero 6 continues to be adorable

With how each Big Hero 6 trailer focuses on how adorable the main fluffy robot Baymax is, I'm a little worried about the overall film. I'm hoping for a Frozen-esque switcheroo that's mainly to get kid butts in those sea...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 09.25.2014

How I did Kickstarter: Deciding on the rewards

Each of these posts have made reference to how important any given aspect of the Kickstarter project is. The pitch text is the most important, but so is the video! And also the goal. And while all of that is true, none of it ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:20 PM on 09.25.2014

The Babadook's trailer is going to creep you out

The Babadook has been getting great buzz since Sundance and judging from this trailer there's a reason why. Stark and taught the film looks damn scary as it relies on tension and style to scare over blood and gore. I'm ...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 09.24.2014

Bryan Singer returning to direct X-Men Apocalypse

In the best superhero movie news I've heard all day (it's still early), Bryan Singer's returning to the X-Men franchise once again to direct X-Men: Apocalypse. This will be the fourth X-Men film that he's directed (the o...

Jonathan Wray

1:00 PM on 09.24.2014

Flix for Short: The Shift

The Shift, written and directed by Francesco Calabrese, is a short film set in the 60s with a neat twist on science fiction films like The Stepford Wives and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As a husband comes home from work ...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 09.24.2014

Red Band trailer for V/H/S: Viral

The V/H/S series has always scared the heck out of me. I don't why these films hit me harder than any other found footage film, but they just do. I think it might be the static in between vignettes as they give me the feelin...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Look at Vin Diesel's glorious man beard in The Last Witch Hunter

Just...look at it. The Last Witch Hunter releases sometime next Fall.  [via Facebook, of course]

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 09.23.2014

William Shatner has a role in Star Trek 3 if he wants it

Rumors are coming in that screenplay for the third Star Trek film may have a crucial part for William Shatner that will reteam him with Leonard Nemoy. Evidently the part is a pretty integral part of the film and thus won...

Matthew Razak





2:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Taken 3 will officially be titled Tak3n

Pack it up, everyone. We can now officially declare this the greatest sequel of all time. Tak3n releases January 9, 2015. But sadly we can't make up funny titles anymore :(  Feel free to make up funny captions for the new images below. [via USA Today]

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Steven Soderberg made a silent cut of Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Soderberg has had some time on his hands after "retiring," and with that time he's been tinkering with the art of film by practicing doing weird and fun stuff. His latest project is turning Indiana Jones and the Raider...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 09.23.2014

The Maze Runner getting a sequel because money

With the way Young Adult book films are made these days, production on a sequel has begun before the first film is even released. Thus when a film gets a successful run through the box office (or at the very least, a successf...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.23.2014

Trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service features old dudes and ass kicking

As the latest Mark Millar comic (with some help by Dave Gibbons) to hit the big screen, Kingsman: The Secret Service actually looks okay thanks to the talent involved. Directed by Michael Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and star...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 09.22.2014

First Red Band trailer for The Interview has some jokes

After watching this latest Red Band trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's latest film, The Interview, I think I'm okay with its push from October to December. There are some good jokes here as the trailer reveals more o...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Rumor: Deadpool movie aiming for PG-13 rating

All right. Everyone calm down. I know we were all excited when we heard that the Deadpool movie was actually going to happen, but this is Hollywood and just like they screwed up the character the first time around they're aim...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 09.22.2014

David Ayer may direct a Suicide Squad movie

David Ayer is one of my favorite folks in the business right now. Although he's only directed a few films (most notably End of Watch and the upcoming WWII tank film, Fury), he's a great screenwriter who's really put in the wo...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.22.2014

First trailer for Tim Burton's Big Eyes

Since Tim Burton's latest string of films have all been of the family variety, sometimes I forget that he's always got something big up his sleeve. That looks to be his latest project, Big Eyes. Starring Amy Adams and C...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.22.2014

Box Office Numbers: Runaway

After several weeks of bland releases, we're now hitting the end of Slumptember with another slew of so-so releases. Although favorites like The Guest and Tusk also hit last week, neither of them earned enough to crack the to...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Flix for Short: The Planets

The Planets, by Andy Martin, is a wonderful short film "told in twelve parts." The short features 12 mini-stories, each on its own planet and each with its own brilliantly unique animation style. Towards the end the larger s...

Liz Rugg



How I did Kickstarter: Making the pitch video photo
How I did Kickstarter: Making the pitch video
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

While I would say that the written pitch is probably the most important part of a Kickstarter project, the video is definitely the face of it. And it’s also vital. While you aren’t required to have a pitch video, campaigns that do use them raise 40% more than those that don’t. Even if you don’t know much about video editing, it’s highly recommended that you have some kind of something.

With any kind of video project, it’s all but mandatory. I couldn’t imagine funding a film that wasn’t accompanies by some kind of basic proof of competence. So for Reel, we knew we had to do something. And what we ended up with wasn’t particularly fancy or high tech, but it was what we were looking for.

Here’s what we did, how we did it, and why we did it that way.

[Alec is doing a Kickstarter. You can (and should) back it here. Through the project's duration, he will be writing a series of articles about the process. More about that here. Check out the other entries here.]

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Review: The Scribbler photo
Review: The Scribbler
by Nick Valdez

When I choose to review a film it's because something about it speaks to me. Whether it's the premise, the setting, the look, or the cast involved, I'm willing to take a chance on pretty much anything if some of those things are there. I chose to review The Scribbler because it happened to have everything on that list: great cast, interesting idea, and it's based on a graphic novel. I'd figure that maybe I'd stumble into something great. 

The Scribbler taught me not to blindly choose films anymore. 

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